Cool new 200-seat music, wine venue opens in the Bay Area


Say the words “almost famous” and most people will immediately think of Cameron Crowe’s great musical movie released in 2000.

Still, that may soon change – at least in the East Bay – as people get a chance to check out the almost famous wine show in Livermore.

The new venue is celebrating its grand opening on January 27 at its location at 2271 South Vasco Road, Suite D, with the promise of offering “a distinctly different tasting experience previously unavailable to the region’s local wine scene,” according to a statement. Press.

The 200-capacity Almost Famous will combine offerings from the Darcie Kent Estate Winery with live music, aiming to become “a landing spot with a local vibe for enthusiasts eager to embrace outstanding wines and incredible musical talents, many of whom are appearing in the Tri-Valley for the first time,” according to a press release.

“Almost Famous will be unique to the greater East Bay,” said director Kiersten Smith. “Thursday through Saturday we showcase up-and-coming local artists who, like our star wines, may not yet be recognized ‘brands’, but are ‘almost famous’. We are confident that the combination of exciting new wines and all too often hidden musical gems will create an enhanced tasting experience.

Acts scheduled to perform at Almost Famous include Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Tia Carroll, Bell Brothers, Andre Thierry, the T Sisters, Soulful Security, Coffis Brothers, The Sam Chase and the Untraditional, and the Carolyn Sills Combo.

“We create new brands every year in search of what’s the next big thing in wine,” Smith says. “We take the same approach when booking the concert hall. Why not try – and listen to – something new?

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